Summary: Chapter 25 The night before her wedding, Jane waits for Rochester, who has left Thornfield for the evening. He pleads with her to join him in France, where they can live as husband and wife despite the legal prohibitions, but Jane refuses on principle and flees Thornfield. He uses imagery of war to describe his devotion to God. In early adulthood, after several years as a student and then teacher at Lowood, Jane musters the courage to leave. He tells Jane that he has found a governess job for her in Ireland. Each of the succeeding productions 1996, 1997 and 2011 devotes 5 minutes to the proposal scene, but they emphasize different parts, and the emotional tenor varies. Analysis Throughout this chapter, nature symbolically mimics Jane's feelings.
From their first meeting in Hay Lane, she was always comfortable with his directness of manner. The living tree of their betrothal has been cleft asunder, and the two halves, each the likeness and equal of the other, have been driven apart. The proposal scene in Jane Eyre is notable for its passion and for its Gothic, supernatural atmosphere. So, special qualities of listening and hearing, plus an uber-special connection to Mr. Jane falls in love with Rochester, though he is expected to marry the snobbish and socially prominent Blanche Ingram.
Jane returns back and finds the same person there. The beauty and force of the original language is drained, but what the scene lacks in poetry it makes up for in passion. John asks Jane to think about his proposal for a couple of weeks. The three men also represent the notion of an oppressive patriarchy. I must have you for my own. Summary: Chapter 23 After a blissful two weeks, Jane encounters Rochester in the gardens. Yet my spirit can address yours, as if both had passed through the grave, and stood before Him, equal.
That night, a bolt of lightning splits the same chestnut tree under which Rochester and Jane had been sitting that evening. But then things go off track, at least temporarily. Physically the pattern is one of intimacy repeatedly interrupted and restored, while the emotional tenor of the scene is turbulent and dramatic. I had heard it—where, or whence, for ever impossible to know! Why should that disturb you? A good satisfying kiss requires a meeting of the mouths, not just of the minds. She grows restless and takes a walk in the orchard, where she sees the now-split chestnut tree. However, on their wedding day, Jane discovers that Rochester cannot legally marry her, because he already has a wife, , who has gone mad and is locked away on the third floor because of her violent behaviour; her presence explains the strange noises Jane has heard in the mansion. Her love for Thornfield grows from her intellectual, emotional and spiritual bond with Rochester; she echoes his word communion.
In Rochester she has found someone she truly cares for—someone who, despite periodic shows of brusqueness, nevertheless continues to admire Jane and care for her tenderly. He should find himself in a vulnerable position, once he proposes, frantic for Jane to say yes, and trying to persuade her of his sincerity. Jane is permitted a few seconds of delay: 1943: The lovers are dramatically lighted at the center of the dark stormclouds. The effect is similar to 1970; the diction is dumbed down and the dialogue is made to seem more contemporary. She is often reminded that she is dependent on them.
Fairfax maintains her disapproval of the marriage. She struggles and gets free. John is good, but both men are equally stony. One of them is St. He excuses his offense by citing the good he intends to do. Nor does Rochester give any hint of his forebodings.
Hmm, something that begins with a marriage ends with being in prison. Jane reasons that if John Eyre were to make her his heir, her inheritance might put her on more equal footing with Rochester, which would make her feel less uncomfortable about the marriage. I like this version because it foregrounds the fact that Rochester has hatched a sinister plan; he is no knight in shining armor, come to fit the glass slipper on his Cinderella. The wind sweeps down the walk and shakes the boughs of the chestnut tree; a nightingale sings, and Jane weeps again, standing apart from him. What is Blanche to me? Here, he suddenly makes up his mind to the guilty deed, and demands an answer before he even asks the question! Indeed, he caused a rumor to reach her that his fortune was not a third of what she had supposed, and thereafter Blanche and her mother gave him the cold shoulder. This is a real shame. Now at last he is in the position of having to convince and persuade Jane to accept him.
I was not trampled on. I wonder whether there is an allusion here to the famous proposal scene in Pride and Prejudice, in which Darcy ungallantly dwells on the fact that Elizabeth is not his equal, but very much his social inferior. She comes to know that Bertha, the wife of Rochester put the house on fire and killed herself. I have known you, Mr. Even in private, I doubt that nineteenth century people expressed themselves this way. Jane Eyre, by , first published in 1847 as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, with Currer Bell listed as the editor.
Not only was Ireland far away, but the threat to send Jane to that subject island may also have evoked in the minds of the original readers contemporary reports of abject poverty and despair. In 1847 the idea of marrying a handsome and courageous man and supporting him in his vocation would have been attractive to many readers. She becomes much more emotional now. Remember, I promised to find you a position? The one candle was dying out: the room was full of moonlight. Summary Christmas has arrived and Jane is closing the Morton school. Had she traveled to Ireland, Jane herself would have worked in a well-to-do household, but she would have been surrounded by misery. He warns her that rejecting his proposal means rejecting God.
She has steeled herself to the necessity and on the surface seems able to handle it. It would be less hurtful to go to Ireland, so please let go of me. Especially when you are near me, as you are now. John Rivers in his urging of the opposite extreme. In his mind, Jane is his true bride because she is his match, his soulmate and counterpart. She ends up seeming too passive.